Lo­cals rap­pel 15-storeys down Cal­gary high rise and raise $5k for Make-A-Wish

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Two Drumheller women braved the 160-foot drop down the side of the Bar­clay Build­ing in Cal­gary on Thurs­day and raised over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion’s Rope for Hope cam­paign.

To­gether Me­gan Shearer and Madi­son Col­berg rap­pelled down the side of the of­fice tower on July 7, join­ing 70 oth­ers, in­clud­ing Flames alumni, in Cal­gary’s in­au­gu­ral event.

“We were both very, very ner­vous but we got through it,” said Shearer of their 15-storey ver­ti­cal jaunt.

“I’m afriad of heights, and I don’t think Madi­son is, but I think it got to her as well. We were good un­til we got to the very top, go­ing through the les­son (for rap­pelling), they had us stand­ing on the edge. That was nerve-wrack­ing.”

“It was pretty cool – you walk down back­wards and you could see peo­ple in­side work­ing and wav­ing at us… At one point we both turned around to see what was go­ing on and it made us spin around – that was kind of scary. We tried to keep both feet on the build­ing at all times.”

The two man­aged to raise over $5,000 in just 10 days be­fore the rap­pel, helped by the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity and the friends and fam­ily who pledged funds or do­nated to their Canada Day bot­tle drive. Me­gan Shearer and Madi­son Col­berg braved the Bar­clay Build­ing in Cal­gary on Thurs­day, July 7, rap­pelling all 160 feet down the build­ing in the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion’s Rope for Hope event. In to­tal they raised over $5,000 for the foun­da­tion in just 10 days of fundrais­ing.

That far out­shot their ini­tial goal of rais­ing the min­i­mum $1,500 to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“Madi­son had just re­turned from Por­tu­gal and saw an ad at the air­port. She put it on Face­book and reached out to me think­ing it was some­thing I’d be in­ter­ested in. There was ini­tially 10 of us but the oth­ers backed out be­cause of how lit­tle time we had, so it ended up just be­ing the two of us,” said Shearer.

Both Shearer and Col­berg plan to at­tend the event next year.

In to­tal, the Cal­gary Rope for Hope aimed to raise over $150,000 to sup­port lo­cal wish grant­ing ef­forts to chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

This year, Rope for Hope is tak­ing place across eight Cana­dian cities.

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